Oregon Health & Science University

Medical Director, Knight Diagnostics Lab

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Knight Cancer Institute, Knight Diagnostic Lab
Salary Range
Commensurate with experience, education, and internal equity
Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 5 pm
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Knight Diagnostic Laboratories (KDL) at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) are seeking a senior molecular pathologist with expertise in solid tumors and a proven track record in clinical laboratory management. The position will include membership in the Knight Cancer Institute and a faculty appointment in the OHSU Department of Pathology at the Associate or Full Professor level, depending on qualifications. The appointee shall play an important role in helping to lead the KDL and the Knight Biolibrary, in furtherance of the university¿s missions and goals of teaching, research, patient care, outreach and public service. The Knight Diagnostic Laboratories (KDL) are CLIA-certified and CAP-accredited, and operate as an independent non-profit division within the Knight Cancer Institute. Specializing in oncology and rare genetic disorders, KDL processes approximately 23,000 tests per year with a primary focus on cancer genomics. Areas of specialization include next-generation DNA and RNA sequencing of solid tumors and hematologic malignancies, array-based chromosomal and methylation analyses, immune receptor sequencing, minimal residual disease monitoring, post-transplant chimerism analyses, optical genome mapping and FISH. In addition, the Labs offer custom proteomic analyses using the Nanostring GeoMx platform, as well as high sensitivity assays for serum cytokines and interleukins using the Olink system. Under the leadership of Dr. Brian Druker, the Knight Cancer Institute is pioneering novel approaches to precision oncology, and the KDL play a pivotal role in this work. The Labs operate in a fully integrated manner with the Biolibrary and the Histopathology Shared Resource (both CAP-accredited) to provide optimized collection, accessioning, tracking, processing and analysis of clinical trial biospecimens. In addition, through KDL¿s Immune Monitoring and Cancer Omics (IMCO) service line, the Labs offer CRO-type services to outside academic and commercial enterprises, thereby playing an important role in the development and clinical adoption of novel molecular diagnostic tests.

Function/Duties of Position

This position will include substantial administrative responsibilities, including oversight of quality management, staffing, budget planning, development of new biomarkers and related tests, faculty development, and client satisfaction.  The clinical responsibilities include signing out molecular pathology clinical diagnostic reports and participating in molecular tumor boards,. In addition, the position will  lead and develop  clinical and/or translational research, and to contribute to the education of residents and fellows.


The academic appointment for this position resides in the Department of Pathology and for academic responsibilities reports to the Chair of Pathology. This position reports to the Director of Precision Oncology, with a dotted lined to the Cancer Center Director for the laboratory operation responsibilities.

Required Qualifications

Candidates must be board-certified in anatomic and/or clinical pathology as well as molecular genetic pathology.

Additional Details

Please submit a cv and cover letter for your application to be considered. 

Please note: As of Oct. 18, 2021, all OHSU employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Fully vaccinated means you have received both doses of a two-dose, or one dose of a single-dose, FDA- or WHO-authorized COVID-19 vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since your final dose of COVID-19 vaccine. If you apply for and are offered a position, you must be fully vaccinated prior to starting work. 

If the position you are offered does not require direct, in-person patient care contact, you may request an exception to the vaccine policy for medical or religious reasons. OHSU uses very narrow criteria under the law to allow an exception and very few requests are being approved.

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.


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